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The festive season is usually packed with spring cleaning, last-minute shopping and the general rush of getting errands out of the way.

Amid the festive rush, one usually does not have the luxury of time to head home between engagements to freshen up.

Thankfully, these make-up counters and hair salons will be open during the eve of Chinese New Year.

Head to one of them to get dolled-up.


1. For trendy K-beauty makeup looks


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You might have noticed the Korean beauty salon chain, Apujeong Korean Studio, springing up across the island.

With seven outlets mainly in the heartland, it’s probably one of the most convenient ones to make a trip down to before heading over to your gatherings. While they are more known for their hair services, they also offer a makeover service at their Bishan Junction8 outlet that includes both hairstyling and makeup.

The Apujeong Korean salon (Bishan Junction8 outlet), which will be open on Chinese New Year eve (closed on first three days of Chinese New Year), is located at 9 Bishan Pl, #02-18, Singapore 579837, tel: 6250 9937


2. For speedy hairstyles and blowouts


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Home-grown hair salon Prep Luxe offers a fast styling-and-no-wash option that can get customers in and out in 30 minutes. This is perfect for those who want an updo or fancy braided hairstyle.

Their speed-style service costs $65 and covers all styles from half-updos, full updos to themed styles such as a curly short crop a la Great Gatsby or big 1970s disco curls. Usual prices for these hair services are between $85 and $140 including a hair wash.

Although the salon is closed on the first two days of Chinese New Year, it will be opened until 4pm on the eve of Chinese New Year (closed on first three days of Chinese New Year) .


3. For a top-to-toe experience


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At the Leekaja hair salon, a new hair salon chain from South Korea, calm frazzled nerves with a 30-minute head massage (from $40) with the salon’s wash and blow-dry services (from $50 to $100). You can also get a manicure or a pedicure done at the same time. Nail and foot services range from nail shaping ($10) to a spa treatment with a foot scrub ($80).

For hairstyling services, opt for one of the salon’s signature hairstyles, such as one with loose waves or a ponytail with beads and accessories.

If you have more time to spare, try the salon’s signature Leekaja Cinderella Keratin Treatment (from $250), which supposedly helps prevent hair loss and restore lustre and shine to tired locks.

The Leekaja hair salon is located at 03-13 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, tel: 6909-0504 and will be open till 4pm on the eve of CNY (closed on first two days of CNY).


4. Get a free makeover


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Learn how to apply make-up while getting a makeover at American makeup brand Urban Decay’s outlet in Takashimaya.

Enjoy a free makeover as long as you spend a minimum of $100. The Urban Decay store will be open till 5pm on the eve of CNY (closed on first two days of CNY). You can make a booking by calling the boutique.

Urban Decay is located at 391A Orchard Rd, #B1-32 Takashimaya S.C., 238873, tel: 6734 3126

This story was first published on The Straits Times.